Once we had got settled in the mooring we set off with Izzy to explore where the shops were in the town. The lady on the boat next door was walking in as well so we accompanied her for part of the way. We have never been to Market Harborough before, and were quite impressed with the array of shops in the high street, and not many empty units, which makes a change. The usual array of charity shops in abundance, with a few of the larger named shops and many independents. There is an unusually large amount of supermarkets as well with Waitrose, Tesco express, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl all in a small area. Spoilt for choice.
town centre Market Harborough
there was a few market stalls under this building
Even though the supermarkets were close I decided to do an online shop to save lugging the trolley up the hill. I had been sent a voucher for Sainsbury that gave £18 off the first online shop with free delivery, and £10 a month off the next 4 online shops. Good bargain so I signed up and tried them, with a delivery booked for Wednesday. Although I was feeling better, I did manage to have a headache for 3 days which wasn’t responding to painkillers. Whatever the virus was I definately don’t want it again. Tuesday we both walked into town with the trolley to get a few items for the boat in Wilko. We had been invited out in the evening to go to The Sugar Loaf pub (Wetherspoons) with a group of other boaters who moor for the winter in the arm. Eric and Deb were there, and also Graham and Anne whom we had also met on the BCNS cruise in June. We had a lovely evening with them and met a few more boaters as well. Good to have a social now and again.
Statue in the arm at Market Harborough
boats moored in the arm surrounded by newly built apartments
Wednesday up early to wait for the Sainsbury delivery driver, booked for 8.30-9.30, he was on time at 8.30. Shopping received and put away, we are all topped up again, which should last till be get to Crick in 3 weeks time. I had promised myself a walk to the shops alone, so I could mooch in the charity shops and save Charlie getting bored!. The weather was a bit mizzly, but slightly warmer than the few days before. We had woken up to a thick frost overnight on Monday which was a shock to the system. I had a good look round all the shops and purchased a few items, including a little father christmas decoration. Thursday and our time was up in the mooring, so the weather being a bit changeable we put on the wet weather gear, filled up with water, emptied the toilet cassettes and rubbish and we were on our way. We planned to stop just after bridge 6 on the Market Harborough arm, as Charlie had noticed a nice mooring, in the right position should we get any sunshine. We can stop here a few days now as the time limits for mooring has extended for the winter period, which makes life a bit easier. We went for a walk on Friday as it was a most glorious day, with wall to wall sunshine all day. Our solar panels were happy putting a bit of power into the batteries, Always a bonus in the winter.
we had to walk through fields to get to Foxton village and encountered these beasties. I was walking faster than Charlie to get through.
What a surprise, a defibrillator in a redundant phone box; what a good idea.
Foxton church. Unfortunately all locked up so we couldn’t peep inside
Breakaway from the opposite side of the bank looking lovely in the sunshine
this is our field view
All settled for a few days so I probably won’t blog again till we get back to Foxton locks. Last night though we were woken at 2.30am by our carbon monoxide alarm (we have 2 sited in the boat). We are not sure what triggered it but doors flung open to get air in. We think it may have been a candle I had been burning (first time I have ever lit one on the boat), maybe reducing the oxygen level in the cabin and affecting the stove. Anyway it shows the importance of these alarms, as it could have well been a very different scenario.